It’s been a while since I’ve been able to find the time to devote to my blog. I’ve been doing a lot of actual traveling, which has curbed my ability to travel in my kitchen. I have a couple more meals up my sleeve for the next few weeks.

Slicing the Tillamook Vintage Cheddar to put in the food processor

Ever since I bought Cravings, Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, I knew I wanted to do a mac and cheese-off with Chrissy Teigen’s recipe and John Legend’s recipe. My friend Melissa and I have been planning to get together for months to make this is a reality, and it finally happened.

Eggs and butter

Every single friend of mine (and, also, my boyfriend…) knows I absolutely love John Legend. I have every single CD of his since Get Lifted. He has been my ideal man since high school. I love his voice, his song writing, his piano playing, and his handsome looks. He’s the whole package.

Bowls and bowls of cheese after I shredded it in the food processor.

Needless to say, I wasn’t the happiest camper when Chrissy Teigen arrived on the scene, but she soon won me over with her hilarious Instagram and Twitter accounts, and then completel made me love her with her awesome cookbook. There is not one dish I’ve made from it that I haven’t enjoyed. I highly recommend her book, and I cannot wait for her second one.

Both recipes called for sharp cheddar cheese. I had a block of sharp vintage white cheddar from my visit to Tillamook last year, which I had been saving for an epic mac and cheese. I used the cheese in both.

Melting the cheese and adding the noodles for Chrissy’s mac and cheese.

Both recipes envision a different kind of mac and cheese. In John’s recipe, you toss everything into a baking dish and heat it in the oven. The result is a more solid, compact cheese dish. John’s dish calls for elbows.

John’s mac, from the inside

Chrissy’s mac and cheese, on the other had, is primarily cooked on the stove, and popped in the oven to brown the top. Her’s is a creamier version, and calls for shells.

Chrissy’s mac and cheese

Now that we had our scoops of mac, Melissa and I did a side-by-side comparison.

Chrissy vs John

It was an even split! I preferred Chrissy’s creamy dish, while Melissa preferred the more traditional casserole by John. (There was no one more surprised than I was that I would choose Chrissy’s over John’s). We needed a tie breaker, so I packed some up for Melissa to take home to her husband. He also liked Chrissy’s (Melissa told him he was wrong).

Chrissy’s awesome cookbook, Cravings.

This was a lot of fun, and it’s something I would like to do again with a bigger panel. So, friends in Northern Nevada, let me know when you want to have a mac and cheese party!

Chrissy’s recipe here.

John’s recipe here.



Cooking breakfast, in pearls, before heading to work, circa 2012.

I love to cook. For me, cooking is a way to unwind and relax after a particularly stressful day. The rhythmic movements of chopping vegetables, dusting meat with seasoning and stirring items on a sizzling pan bring a sense of focus and purpose to my day. The exotic fragrance of a dish carries me away to an imaginary food cart in a far-off country, and the flavors tickling my taste buds are some of the most vivid memories I have. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as popping that first bite into my mouth and realizing it’s just as good as any Las Vegas Strip restaurant. Continue reading